Leadership Rooted in Business Strength
 

Our Principal, Bob Vavrina, has a unique mix of business and academic experience.  This creates an exceptional platform for his clients to build their future successes upon. Bob’s credentials and qualifications include:

  1. 30 years of human resources and operations experience, largely in executive and senior leadership positions.

  2. Academic training as a master coach with a Master of Arts Degree in Executive Coaching, with distinction, from Middlesex University in London.

  3. Development of a tested and proven Situational Coaching Model applicable to all management and executive levels, across all industries.

  4. Deep understanding of and practical experience with active coaching, counseling and mentoring, OE/OD initiatives, consulting and training.

  5. Proven ability to enable behavioral change at the individual, unit and enterprise levels.

  6. Paramount regard for the confidentiality of the client relationship, treating it as sacrosanct regardless of the corporate political ramifications.

  7. Ability to help clients achieve their development goals by building on their strengths vs. focusing on their weaknesses.

  8. Senior leadership positions at:

    1. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

    2. The Travelers Property and Casualty Corp

    3. Metra Health Companies

    4. Advo, Inc.

    5. KFC Corporation


Professional Summary

Credentials

Bob is a veteran business executive with 30 years of human resources and operations experience, including senior executive leadership positions.  He is also an academically trained master coach, holding a Master of Arts Degree in Executive Coaching, with distinction, from Middlesex University in London.

Combining extensive business-world experience with advanced study, Bob is uniquely positioned to lead managers and executives through a tested and proven coaching process that uses a leader’s strengths to significantly enhance personal and organizational performance.

Bob studied under Dr. David Lane of Middlesex, who is known internationally for his work in credentialing and standards in the field of business coaching.  Bob employs a personally designed Situational Coaching Model that has been forged through 30 years of business experience across a broad spectrum of industries. His approach includes lessons learned from active coaching, counseling

and mentoring, OE/OD initiatives, consulting and training – all of which have focused on driving behavioral change at the individual, unit and enterprise level. Bob brings to his coaching practice a unique perspective on understanding and managing change.  He has been on both sides of the change dynamic and has been in the middle of six major mergers and acquisitions.

Bob has a well-documented reputation as someone whom people trust implicitly. He has always adhered to the highest ethical standards and treats the confidentiality of the client relationship as sacrosanct regardless of the corporate political ramifications. His success in the business world has resulted in large part from his drive to ensure that others get the credit for their achievements. Moreover, he has the patience to let others learn rather than taking over the solution personally. Bob believes that a major key to development is focusing on building strengths vs. focusing on weaknesses – an approach that delivers positive, practical and transformational outcomes.

Bob has led progressive and innovative HR organizations at the most senior level, and he has managed large-scale business operations as well. Most recently Bob was Senior Vice President & Executive Coach at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He joined the company from The Travelers Property and Casualty Corp. Under Bob’s leadership, Blue Cross received numerous national awards as an employer of choice, including the Training Top 100 Award from Training magazine for three consecutive years, the Best Award from ASTD and Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies in 2007 and 2008.

At Travelers, Bob served as Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s largest division, with nearly 10,000 employees. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for the Metra Health Companies, a managed care joint venture. He also was Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Advo, Inc., the nation’s largest direct mail marketing company, and Vice President, Human Resources Worldwide for KFC Corporation.